2508, 2011

Even Shakespeare Had an English Teacher

By |August 25th, 2011|

Lately, I’ve been reading and watching everything I can get my hands on by Sir Ken Robinson.  I have been profoundly touched by his poignant and funny speeches his has given at TED and by his ideas on creativity.  If you haven’t seen the videos, please take a moment to watch them.  They are fantastic!  One of the things that totally struck me was his quote that “even Shakespeare had an English teacher”.

I can’t seem […]

1608, 2011

Your Work of Art

By |August 16th, 2011|

At a recent conference, I was able to participate in a forum based around the idea of creativity and innovation in education.  This is a very hot topic right now, and for good reason.  If we’re gong to participate and be a relevant player in the 21st century, we need to educate our future in how to be creative.  One of the points that was brought up at the forum was that every job requires […]

2607, 2011

Diversity of Talent

By |July 26th, 2011|

As you know, I’ve been studying a bit of Sir Ken Robinson lately and have really been recharged by his work.  I had listened to him years ago and remember being struck by his wisdom then, though I think as I revisit it now, what he has to say about creativity rings even deeper with me now.  It’s amazing how the same things will ring differently at different stages in our lives!

Other than discussing creativity, […]

2507, 2011

Masters Are Learners

By |July 25th, 2011|

Do any of you watch “Top Chef” on Bravo?  My husband and I are kind of addicted to the show.  It’s reality with a little drama and a lot of kitchen knowledge.  I love watching what creative dishes they come up with on the fly.  My husband likes watching for the skill knowledge – knife skills, food selection, composition, etc.  It’s a perfect pairing.

So as a birthday gift to my husband, we went to DC […]

1603, 2011

No Right Brain Left Behind

By |March 16th, 2011|

Have you seen this presentation yet?  If not, I invite you to look through the 13 slide below and really think about what this means for the future of our students.  What a powerful message!

No Right Brain Left Behind  
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2402, 2011

Research Kills Creativity

By |February 24th, 2011|

I heard a phrase at a conference once which rocked me to my core.
Research kills creativity.
This little sentence has disturbed and delighted me ever since in my education career.  Education is based on research.  We rely on it for data on our students, curricular programs, what methodology we promote and even what we feed to our children.

We are obsessed with research in education.

So does that mean that as a byproduct we are obsessed with killing […]